Friday, December 24, 2010
WASHINGTON — U.S. authorities are warning air travelers to expect greater scrutiny of thermoses and other insulated drink containers at security checkpoints after intelligence suggested they could be used to hide explosives.
A notice on the Transportation Security Administration’s website warned about the possibility that explosives might be hidden inside the beverage containers and said the warning was “based on intelligence.”
It said TSA “is carefully monitoring information related to terrorist tactics and working with our international partners to share information and security best practices.”
Those carrying the containers can expect additional screening of them using procedures currently in place, including X-rays, physical inspection and the use of explosives detection technology, the notice posted Thursday said.